Vodka Flavored - Alchemia Imbirowa (Ginger)
Alchemia Imbirowa (Ginger) Vodka
Distiller: Polmos Bialystock SA Poland
Importer: Panache USA, New York, New York
PROOF: 80 (40%)
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: Polish, Grain, Rye, Flavored
PRICE: $30.00 - 750 ML
Notes: Made with their rye vodka as a base and infused with ginger (of an unknown variety). As with their other flavored vodkas (Wisiniowa/Wild Cherry and Czekoladowa/Chocolate) they infuse and macerate their flavorings, rather than add extracts or chemicals to a grain alcohol base. As such, it is a standout from the alcopop flavored vodkas out there that taste more like a popsicle than a serious drink. This is made with real ingredients and nothing else. Maceration and infusion extracts the essence of the flavorings directly and so (in our opinion) gives a spirits more complexity and depth than the simple addition of a flavoring or essence.
Appearance: Clear with a slight yellow tinge like a transparent version of the color of the outer cover or a ginger root. On swirling, it leaves a much thinner clear coat and edgeline than their other vodkas. On the inside of the glass and almost seems a bit viscous. Slightly scalloped edgeline develops long thin legs then many droplets. Essential oils do not separate from the alcohol base, which is tricky to accomplish with flavorings like this.
First Impression: Nice ginger smell with some other scents whispering in the background. Rye spiciness also comes through. Alcohol is very much in the background.
Taste: Oily sweet entry, as the vodka coats the tongue with the ginger oils then a volatilization of the ginger and an aromatic burst of ginger and warming sensations (rather than burning). No chemical aftertaste or tang like you get from a lot of other flavored vodkas or some cheap ginger candy.
Drinks: For any drink calling for Domain de Canton or a ginger liqueur, this would be a natural choice. Lighter in body and sugar than many of its flavor cohorts it has potential for mixology/cocktail ideas.
Bottle: Tall pyramidal clear glass bottle with large frosted "A" in front and inset depressions for handgrips on the sides Silver seal tape and screwcap. Has frosted "Im3" in frosted square, almost like a box from a periodical table of the elements- perfectly apt for alchemy!
Final Thoughts: An interesting and well done vodka. While not a complex mix of gingers (Fever Tree uses four different ones in their ginger ale) it's nicely done and well worth considering.
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